We already know that everything old is new again, but this morning at the Melrose Place panel at TCA, it was clear that not everyone is ready to let go of the past. Almost the whole cast took the stage with producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer, but the spotlight was on MP vets Thomas Calabro and Laura Leighton, with questions about their characters' returns and which other alums could join them. A little nostalgia was to be expected, but this was a bit much. Luckily, the producers seem happy to fuse old and new, assuring us that this is "still the most scandalous address in west Hollywood." Read on for highlights.
- Leighton and Calabro both seemed genuinely excited to reprise their roles as Sydney and Michael. Laura said there was "no downside to coming back to play Sydney again" (though most of her story will be in flashbacks), while Thomas joked that he was "very excited to hear [Michael] had more money than before and even more power."
- Ashlee Simpson hinted there's more to come about her seemingly good-girl character, Violet: "The really innocent girl is probably not so innocent. . . . She's got a dark side."
- The questions about former cast members were aplenty, and the producers seem open to all options. Josie Bissett and Daphne Zuniga are already signed on, Grant Show has talked with producers, and "the door is always open for Heather Locklear." On the other hand, the producers didn't seem particularly enthused about the possibility of bringing Lisa Rinna back.
- The show starts with a murder mystery, but it won't take over the whole first season. That said, "The idea of mystery and suspense and intrigue is part of the overall tone of the show," Swimmer said. "Whether or not the original murder is solved, there will be plenty of mystery and suspense and some crime elements."
- Though we got to see a madeover Peach Pit on 90210, don't expect MP to follow suit: there are no plans to make Shooters a hot spot for the tenants.
- There's definitely going to be a gay character, but it might not necessarily be Katie Cassidy's Ella, who was described as "trisexual" since "she will try anything." Word has it soap opera alum Victor Webster will be playing a gay publicist.
Stay tuned for lots more fun highlights from TCA!
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